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School Governors


The Governing Body abides by the rules set out in the document 'A guide to the Law for School Governors' for Voluntary Aided Schools’ as produced by the Department for Education. The governing body is aided and trained by Dorset Governor Services supplied by Dorset County Council as well as the Diocese of Salisbury board of Education.


Governors are elected, appointed, co-opted or entitled to be governors:

  • elected - parent, teacher and staff governors are elected (by parents, teachers and non-teaching staff respectively)
  • appointed - Local Authority and Foundation governors are appointed (by the Local Authority and the Foundation respectively; the Foundation is St. Michael's Church Parish Council)
  • associate members – can be appointed to serve on one or more of the committees and attend full governing body meetings (without voting rights) but they are not governors.  They can be pupils, school staff and people with a particular area of expertise.
  • co-opted - these are appointed by the Governing Body
  • entitled - Mrs J Green, the Headteacher, has chosen to be a governor.


To manage their responsibilities, governors need to know and understand:

  • what the school is required to do
  • what the school aims to do
  • what the school is doing
  • the quality of what the school does
  • the particular contribution of the governing body.

The Governing Body functions by working as a team and in partnership with the Headteacher and staff. The power of the governing body lies with the group. Individual governors have no power, except by agreement with the Governing Body. The most important point is that all governors are equal, no matter how they were appointed. The function and work of an effective governing body includes taking decisions within an agreed policy framework, planning for the future and budgeting to meet priorities. In doing this, and in monitoring the effects, it assures the quality of education of the children in the school.


Governors in an effective governing body:

  • develop relationships both inside and outside the school
  • learn to work together as a team
  • set the framework for future decision-making through budget setting and policy making
  • regularly evaluate their own performance and seek ways to become more effective  


All Governing Bodies have a number of official positions, including the chairman and vice chairman, who are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.


The Governors at Trinity are:


Mrs J Macdonald – Chair (Foundation Governor, Church of England)

Mrs J Sims - Vice-Chair (Foundation Governor, Church of England)

Mr N Gibson (Foundation Governor, Church of England)

Mrs J Green – Headteacher

Mr A Webster – Staff Governor

Mrs L Hawkins – Co-Opted Governor

Mrs S Davies – Local Authority Governor

Mr S Adams - Parent Governor

Mrs J Coombs – Clerk to the Governors


The Committees at Trinity are:


Finance / Staffing:


Mrs S Davies

Mr N Gibson

Mrs J Green

Mrs J Macdonald

Mrs J Sims




Mr N Gibson

Mrs J Green

Mrs J Macdonald


Christian Distinctiveness:


Mrs J Green

Mrs J Macdonald

Mrs J Sims